Front Mission 4 (PS2)

A review in rhyme.

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  • System: Sony PlayStation 2
  • Genre: Turn-Based Strategy
  • Max Players: 1
  • Age Rating: Teen 13+
  • US Release: June 2004
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

front mission 4This classic GameCola article was originally published in August 2007.

Late one night I was surfing online,
when quickly I realized that all was not fine.
Was the calendar right? Was this really the date?
It’s the fifth of the month! How could I be so late?!
The fifth of July and no sign of review;
I sat and I pondered just what I should do.

“There’s no need to worry,” I said to myself,
“After all, I have plenty of games on the shelf.
I’ll just pick one of these—there’s no need to play—
I know them so well I can just write away.”
Up out of the seat and off to the games,
I quickly but calmly looked over their names.

Shadowgate, Threads of Fate, Front Mission 4;
Soul Blazer, Act Raiser, Secret of Evermore.

Hold on—now wait!
That game would be great!
Right between Soul Blazer and Threads of Fate.
The latest addition
to the series Front Mission,
to prevent omission,
it’s a game I must rate!

The graphics were sweet, or at least pretty good.
It looks how I’d say any modern game should.
Backgrounds and maps and fight animations,
the graphics lived up to all my expectations.
Movement so smooth and artistry clean,
you’d just have to see it to know what I mean!

The sounds, I would say, were as good, if not better!
The sound effects used fit the game to the letter.
As for the music, it was just OK,
but the voice acting here was what saved the day.
There’s voicing for just about all lines of text,
making you wonder just what they’ll say next.
The acting itself also came out alright,
and at least they will not “Fill your dark soul with light”.

But, the thing that made the game great was the playing;
something, once played, that should go without saying.
While most tactics games play out clunky and slow,
this is a game that has a smooth flow.
With link battles, chain skills, and two rounds for one,
it plays very fast and the game’s very fun.
The developers really went out of their way,
to make a tactical game fun to play.

For a quick and cool game whose graphics are fine,
why was this favorite just $4.99?
The only bad thing in this game I can see,
was its method of showing Plot A and Plot B.
Not all games can handle two stories in one,
and switching at cliffhangers isn’t so fun.
When I play a game,
I like it the same,
and switching it up,
is really quite lame.

Aside from two plots and their switching, however,
the rest of this videogame is quite clever.
If you aren’t so bothered by that small distraction,
you’re bound to enjoy all the battles and action!
This game is a favorite of mine and I say—
if you see it, then buy it and play it today!

  • GameCola Rates This Game: 7 - Good
  • Score Breakdown

  • Fun Score: 9
  • Novelty Score: 7
  • Audio Score: 8
  • Visuals Score: 8
  • Controls Score: 6
  • Replay Value: 7
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Since 2007

Alex "Jeddy" Jedraszczak is presiding Editor-in-Chief at GameCola, not only editing content but often writing it as well. On top of all this GameCola work, he also develops indie games.

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